Head Men's Basketball Coach – Pratt Cannoneers
Recommended Readings is a recurring post where I share some of my favorite journalism and stories that I have come across.
What a great read from ESPN’s Zach Lowe. I really enjoyed his stuff at Grantland (even if he wrote 900 words when 300 would have sufficed) and I think the Ringer is really missing him. His feature on Manu Ginobili perfectly intertwines the Argetine’s history between both his native country’s national team and the San Antonio Spurs. You see his strengths, his quirks, and why he’s one of the most unique and successful players of this past generation. Well worth the read for basketball fans.
Pete Thamel is one of the best sports writers around and I especially enjoyed his piece on Houston football, because of the insight on the relationship between rising-star head coach Tom Herman and upstart quarterback sensation Greg Ward. The dynamic between head coach and star player is an absolute key to any team’s success, be it football, basketball or any other sport. Certainly players have to adapt to a new head coach, but the head coach adapting to his personnel is one of the most underrated parts of new coaches taking over a program. Herman clearly knew what he was doing and Houston is thriving because of it.
I’m admittedly biased towards Herman because of the great things he helped Ohio State achieve (2014 National Champs!!), but I also happen to like a lot of his ideas for team building and culture. For example, Thamel writes: “At Ohio State he was known for assigning someone to come up with a joke of the day in quarterback meetings to keep everyone engaged.” I love ideas like that and I think I’ll suggest that to Coach Reilly for this season!!
Fascinating article that I read last night about a community of airline aficionados who have figured out the system and fly around the world for free. Ben Schlappig, the main character of this profile, sometimes is in seven airports over the course of one week, across multiple continents, logging frequent flyer miles and perks. He lives a life of luxury in the air, drinking champagne and being doted constantly. How he, and the rest of this community, achieve this is supremely interesting.